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Provocative dance benches Central High's dance team

Story by Antwan Harris

Eyewitness News Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The principal of Central High School benched the dance team Friday after parents complained over provocative dance moves.

Students and members in the group are upset over the last minute notice.

The principal, Finley King, says he approved the dance before the game, but it was a different story when the team performed.

He says until they clean up their act, they will have to watch the game from the sidelines Friday night.

"It brought tears to the whole team because we worked so hard," says Kearia Colbert, dance team member.

Kearia Colbert says she was shocked when she learned her dance team could not perform at the Central High School football game Friday night

"Family was coming to see us and to tell them we can't perform, it was so bad. We did not want to hear that," says Colbert.

Friday morning Principal Finley King met with parents of the dance team after he received complaints and an email saying the dance moves performed at last Friday's game were too provocative.

Colbert's sister, didn't see much harm in the dance moves.

"I don't think it is fair. If the cheerleaders can do it, why not the dancers," says Autumn Baker.

"They should be able to dance at the game. I don't see a problem with it. It is a dance team," says Aleshia Colbert.

King approved all the dance moves before they performed and says they added additional moves at the game.

That's when the firestorm from parents began.

The girls will be able to perform again, but that's after their act gets cleaner.

Colbert says she didn't think the dance moves were as bad as portrayed and would have liked more than a one day notice on the decision.

"To come to find out yesterday we could not perform, that really hit us hard. This was a game we really wanted to perform at," says Colbert.

The team will attend the game Friday night and the school has hired a choreographer to change up the moves.

The groups will meet at Tuesday's practice.

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